Lot 134 - 1939 12837 1000 V-Twin

Lot 134 - 1939 12837 1000 V-Twin

Lot 134 - 1939 12837 1000 V-Twin

Lot Number 134
Registration FYH550
Chassis Number 1169
Engine Number 36/2-1520
Odometer reading 1 miles
Estimate £19,000 - £23,000

AJS was the name used for cars and motorcycles made by A. J. Stevens & Co. Ltd, from 1909 to 1931, which was by then holding 117 motorcycle world records. In 1938, Matchless and AJS became part of Associated Motorcycles (AMC). Under AMC the AJS badge may have been put on the 'bread and butter' Matchless motorcycles, but Collier & Son, the owners of Matchless, were mindful of the AJS racing heritage, and used the name on some innovative racing machinery. These racing bikes kept the AJS name alive. In 1935, at the Olympia Show, an air-cooled SOHC AJS 50° V4 was shown, in 1936 Harold Daniell rode a supercharged race version in the Isle of Man Senior TT, but despite its high top speed, it lacked acceleration. In 1939, a water-cooled and supercharged version of the 495 cc AJS V4 was built to compete against the supercharged BMWs then dominating racing. In 1939 the dry sump V4 was the first bike to lap the Ulster Grand Prix course at over 100mph. It weighed 405lb and its top speed was 135 mph. Then World War II intervened.
This excellent 1939 AJS 1000cc V-Twin was purchased by the vendor four years ago from a collector who lived locally to him in Kent. This motorcycle has been restored to the highest of standards sometime ago but not used hence the odometer reading 1 mile. This AJS V-Twin is finished in black with chrome fuel tank and is supplied with a V5C registration document which only shows two owners from new. This is a rare opportunity to purchase the more desirable AJS V-Twin over the Matchless version.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.

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